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Hauz Khas Village on the brink of shutting down

After a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court regarding violation of regulations and illegal operation of businesses in Hauz Khas Village, a status report was submitted by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
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After a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court regarding violation of regulations and illegal operation of businesses in Hauz Khas Village, a status report was submitted by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. It said that 49 out of 63 restaurants and eateries functioning in Haus Khas Village, Delhi were found to be carrying out their business without health trade license. Additionally, licenses of 19 places were revoked as they were violating the permissible limit of seats in the premises and using roads to carry out their business illegally. 

The Delhi High Court, on August 27, 2017, told the South Delhi Municipal Corporation that Hauz Khas Village is on the verge of a fire break out. The court said that “you cannot wait for a fire to break out and then say right to life is threatened”. 

The high court bench said that SDMC needs to submit a site plan which should include ‘width of the street, location of the restaurants and positioning of exits in a restaurant’. The Municipal Corporation is also required to submit a list of properties which are permitted and being used. 

The Inspector who is examining the site will submit the plan in 3 days. According to the primary reports, the Inspector will submit the plan by September 3, two days before the next date of hearing which is September 5. 

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Reviewed by:
Shivi Gupta
Published on 29-Aug-17
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